Gang producing iPhone knockoffs with real parts busted in China

Gang producing iPhone knockoffs with real parts busted in China
According to a police report filed by Chinese authorities, fake iPhones assembled with genuine parts have been discovered circulating the local cell phone market. The well-organized gang behind the scheme found a way to get their hands on some essential components from Apple's suppliers, assemble the devices in a sort of a DIY fashion, and even make the handsets appear more or less indistinguishable from the real deal to the average Joe. 

Apparently, business for the guys was going well as an iPhone knockoff cost them about 2,000 yuan (roughly $310) worth of components, yet sold for about twice as much on the market. In comparison, a genuine iPhone can be bought from an official Apple store in China for just a few hundred yuan more. Still, with the fakes being so convincingly similar to a real iPhone, unsuspecting customers were more than willing to purchase them on the local underground market or over the internet. According to the authorities, the knockoffs were equipped with “all of the functions of the real ones”, but were notorious for having a very short battery life.

Needless to say, the gang has been dealt with and more than 200 iPhone replicas have been confiscated along with over 5,000 components. However, bear in mind that there is still a plethora of similar iPhone knockoffs out there, the hiPhone 5 being a fresh example, so you might want to be extra careful if you choose to buy your next smartphone from a shady retailer.

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1. China unregistered

May be the Chinese govt. will make iphone their 'National Phone'.

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

By the way sir i thought your post was kind of funny sorry if i insulted you with the noobe comments. I just like to refer people that are unregistered as new people that are not members yet aka NOOBE. i meant no disrespect. Some really great comments come from unregistered people. i shouldn't have to apologize to you because considering you made a joke comment also you probably understand my attempt at humor. some people get all but hurt and today for some reason i made it a point to explain myself. You should register though and join the comunity. The more members we have the better the site will get.

14. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009


2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Figures an noob getting the first comenT spot

4. Evod unregistered

Its 'a noob'.

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

i know huh try saying it the way i spelled it. LOL

11. G-Reg unregistered

HAHAHA oo wow, your so cute and clever. Keep this 3ed grade bs on facebook please, it serves no purpose here what so ever.

5. G-Reg unregistered

Figures an idiot would complain about not getting first comment. Getting on with a REAL comment worth seeing.... There is definitly some key info missing. Something tells me these dudes got their hands on a bunch of broken devices and rigged fixes. Just doesnt make sence... Youve got to have some fancy equipment to do anything beyond board/screen replacement. What does the "essential components" include i wonder?

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

do i really have to say lol after something to let you know its a joke. Was that you that made the comment. And to top it off you don't understand that people know how to put phone components together without a manual. do you think just because you dont know how that everybody else is as dumb as you. Any body can get there hands on some broken iphone's and put good ones together. And guess what if you did that they would not be knockoffs they would be legit iPhone's. Before you start bashing on somebody for there light humer comment and make a kind of stupid comment why dont you try and read the story over again or ten times till you can understand what they are saying in there story. To tired to give you any more of my time so i hope you read this though. Maybe even apoligize and then have a little better attitude and not be so judgmental and use your fancy fingers get some sence and i might just fill you in on some key information that would maybe let you understand the story DUDE

10. G-Reg unregistered

Apologize... HAHA. Your quite the tool. When ever comments reach 3 pages, it pi$$es me off to see lame post like yours filling space. This story wont reach that but my point still stands. And incase you didnt notice, PA isnt the place to work on your stand up.. no ones laughing. Go feel cute on some on some other website. Im asking for more information because i actually know a thing or two electronics. Ive dissassembled and fixed quite a few phones in my life tme. You ever work with SMT components? Know how to tell the specs of one smt to another? Bet not. Dont underestimate me punk. Ive shut down alot better than you before.

3. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

What's weird is I just read this story somewhere else ten minutes ago and I thought it was phone arena, deja vu

9. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Man, all the comments in the article are so unnecessary, including mine...

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

dammm first Korea (Samsung) and now China?.. WTF???...

13. gallitoking is mental unregistered

seriously pollitoking. do u really have to troll ? woooow. ios5= ANDROID 2.1 with some polishes... yeah bacause everyone remebers that iphone. is so " revolutionary " yup cuz when my iphone 3gs had a 3.2 megapixel cam and a 3.5 creen i had a 8 megapixel 4.3

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